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Proverbs 13:6-16 (Good News Translation)

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6 Righteousness protects the innocent; wickedness is the downfall of sinners. 7 Some people pretend to be rich, but have nothing. Others pretend to be poor, but own a fortune. 8 The rich have to use their money to save their lives, but no one threatens the poor. 9 The righteous are like a light shining brightly; the wicked are like a lamp flickering out. 10 Arrogance causes nothing but trouble. It is wiser to ask for advice. 11 The more easily you get your wealth, the sooner you will lose it. The harder it is to earn, the more you will have. 12 When hope is crushed, the heart is crushed, but a wish come true fills you with joy. 13 If you refuse good advice, you are asking for trouble; follow it and you are safe. 14 The teachings of the wise are a fountain of life; they will help you escape when your life is in danger. 15 Intelligence wins respect, but those who can't be trusted are on the road to ruin. a 16 Sensible people always think before they act, but stupid people advertise their ignorance.
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